Christian Benimana: Everybody deserves good architecture

Christian Benimana, a Rwandan architect at MASS Design Group, made a keynote speech at the 2015 United Nations Solutions Summit where he announced plans to build three African Design Centres (ADCs) in strategic cities on the African continent, aiming to train a new generation of human-centered architects promoting community-based approaches while also trying to bridge a widening gap between Africa’s massive surge in growth and current lack of practicing architects and solid infrastructure.

“If we ignore who designs the African cities and how, we are doomed to see the worst environmental degradation, the worst economic inequality and the worst public health disasters. We have to build the creative leadership that is going to make Africa equitable and just. Because that is the only future we want for Africa.”

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